As New York City builds its first micro-units, Portlandia expertly mocks the trend

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My Micro NY. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)

My Micro NY. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)

The concept of micro-living is really having a moment right now. For starters, there is a TV show called Tiny House Nation that celebrates the trend of packing fully functioning homes into bite-sized spaces where all redundancies are removed and functionality is king. Beds become couches, kitchen counters become desks, bathtubs become second bedrooms, and so on and so forth.

Inside a MY MICRO NY UNIT. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)

Inside a MY MICRO NY UNIT. (Courtesy nARCHITECTS)

And right this very moment, in Brooklynmicro-units are being assembled for New York City‘s first-ever micro-unit complex, called My Micro NY. The building, which will soon rise on East 27th Street in Manhattan, was designed by nARCHITECTS, the winner of Michael Bloomberg’s 2013 adAPT NYC Competition. My Micro NY’s 55 units will range from 260 to 360 square feet, and rent between $2,000 and $3,000, according to the New York Times. So no, micro-living does not necessarily mean cheap living—especially in Manhattan.

Obviously, the hyper-efficient, everything-folds-into-something-else lifestyle would find its way to Portlandia at some point. And now it has, so watch below as Fred and Carrie try to live big in the smallest way possible.

[h/t FastCo Design]

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